The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has partnered with Eisai, Inc. for their new Weigh In for Healthy Change Initiative, with a goal to raise the patient voice for the medical treatment of obesity! The Weigh In For Healthy Change Scholarship Program, as part of this new initiative will award up-to 10 Full Scholarships (that's travel, hotel, registration, see I told you it was awesome!) to attend the National Advocacy Training Session on Thursday afternoon and Full Access to the the rest of the weekend!
In the upcoming year, the founders of Your Weight Matters, the OAC, will focus their efforts on the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA), a landmark legislation that expands coverage of pharmacological therapies and broadens the landscape of health professionals who are able to deliver quality care to individuals seeking to improve their weight and health. Weigh In for Healthy Change is an initiative designed to help raise the profile for the passage of TROA, so this scholarship program has been developed specifically for individuals who meet the following criteria:
- 18-years of age or older (or traveling with a parent or legal guardian)
- A desire to influence the Legislative Advocacy process
- Individuals who have addressed their weight through medical weight management, intensive behavioral counseling under the care of a physician, or pharmacological treatment - either past or present
Applicants NOT eligible to receive a scholarship include: health professionals; individuals seeking CE credits; individuals who have already received formal legislative advocacy training conducted by the OAC; and relatives/members of the OAC staff, National Board Members, or OAC Committee Members.
If you meet the basic eligibility requirements and are interested in attending #YWM2015 Your Weight Matters National Convention submit your application NO LATER than THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 19.
The Your Weight Matters Campaign and Your Weight Matters National Convention are proudly brought to you by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). The OAC, a more than 50,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by excess weight and obesity through education, advocacy and support. I serve on the Obesity Action Coalition National Board of Directors and am this year's YWM Convention Chair. I have no part in the selection of the scholarship recipients. Good Luck to all!